Hear Beck Perform A Prince Medley At Paisley Park

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Beck was recently invited to record at Prince’s legendary Paisley Park complex outside of Minneapolis. The result of those sessions is being released as an EP that is currently an Amazon Music exclusive. The Paisley Park Sessions EP has Beck and his band running through a medley of Prince songs — including “Raspberry Beret,” “When … More »

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Prince & Jimi Hendrix With Eddie Vedder

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Ved Hot Chili PeppersSilverlake Conservatory of Music held their annual fundraising concert this past Saturday (November 2). The long-running benefit concert, dinner, and auction was Emcee’d by Marc Maron, and included performances from Eddie Vedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers. At one point during the evening, Vedder became an honorary Chili Pepper, teaming up with the band to … More »

Prince Memoir Reveals He Hated Ed Sheeran And Katy Perry’s Music

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PrinceBefore his death in 2016, Prince had started work on a memoir with co-writer and Paris Review editor Dan Piepenbring. And after Prince died, Piepenbring went about finishing the book, using the time he’d spent with Prince and combining it with lyrics, rare photos, scrapbook pages, and cartoons drawn by Prince. That book, entitled The … More »

Hear Prince’s Previously Unreleased Acoustic Demo For “I Feel For You”

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Prince-I-Feel-For-YouTomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Prince’s sophomore album, the self-titled LP that he released when he was just 21. Prince wasn’t a fully formed genre-melting genius at the time, but he was well on his way, cranking out amazingly springy and sexy synth-funk jams with astonishing speed. At the time, the big song from … More »

Prince Estate Condemns Trump’s Use Of “Purple Rain” At Minneapolis Rally

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Donald Trump held a rally in Minneapolis on Thursday night where he apparently played Prince’s “Purple Rain” during the event. As Pitchfork points out, the Prince Estate responded by tweeting out a letter from a law firm said to represent Trump that was sent in October 2018 which stated that the Trump camp … More »

Prince’s 1999 Getting Expanded Reissue With 35 Unreleased Tracks

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Back in June, the Prince estate, with curation from Troy Carter and Jay-Z, released an album of Prince’s versions of hit songs he penned for other artists. And now, the estate is teaming up with Warner Records for a remastered and expanded reissue of Prince’s iconic double album 1999. The Super … More »

Stream Prince’s Previously Unreleased Originals

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Throughout his legendary career, one of Prince’s most prominent roles as an artist was songwriter for other artists. That didn’t stop Prince from recording those tunes himself, too, but many of those tracks have been locked away in his Paisley Park vault for years. More »

JAY-Z to host TIDAL listening party for upcoming Prince LP ‘Originals’

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Rapper JAY-Z will host a TIDAL listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince album Originals on June 6 in Los Angeles. The new 15-track LP features 14 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s “vault” including original versions of songs that the late musician wrote for other artists including Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’, “Manic Monday”, Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life”, and more. Originals was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.

Prince has previously worked with TIDAL on a number of exclusive releases such as 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., and personally curated vault selections. Both Prince and JAY-Z have expressed both their respect for each other and gratitude for collaborating together.

JAY-Z said in a statement, “Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”

Originals will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL June 7, followed by a wide release via Warner Bros on June 21 and Deluxe 1-CD/2-LP and 2-LP editions on July 19.

H/T: Rolling Stone

The Prince Estate announces Originals, an album of 15 tracks originally written for other artists, out on the Purple One’s birthday

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Incoming transmission from the music biz’s upper echelon of money-making illuminati: in association with Warner Bros. and TIDAL, Prince’s estate (a.k.a. The Prince Estate) will put out a 15-track album titled Originals, bringing to light never-before-released demos of tracks His Royal Badness originally penned for his close protégés and, I don’t know, Kenny Rogers.

Scheduled for an exclusive TIDAL premiere on the artist’s birthday, June 7 (and everywhere else come June 21), the collection will feature Prince’s recordings of such hit bangers as as Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life” and The Bangles’ “Manic Monday,” the classic Minneapolis funk of The Time’s “Jungle Love” and Mazarati’s “100 Mph,” and of course, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

We’ve included the full tracklisting at the bottom of this post; but suffice it to say, the record will do a good job of reminding you and me that “for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected.” Amen.

Pre-orders of the 180 gram 2LP and Deluxe (whatever that entitles) CD + 2LP editions are available now. Below, listen to “Baby, You’re a Trip,” recorded in 1987 by Prince’s regular backing singer and on-and-off romantic partner Jill Jones:

Originals tracklisting:

01. Sex Shooter (first recorded by Apollonia 6 in 1984)
02. Jungle Love (The Time, 1984)
03. Manic Monday (The Bangles, 1985)
04. Noon Rendezvous (Sheila E., 1984)
05. Make-Up (Vanity 6, 1982)
06. 100 MPH (Mazarati, 1986)
07. You’re My Love (Kenny Rogers, 1986)
08. Holly Rock (Sheila E., 1985)
09. Baby, You’re a Trip (Jill Jones, 1987)
10. The Glamorous Life (Sheila E., 1984)
11. Gigolos Get Lonely Too (The Time, 1982)
12. Love… Thy Will Be Done (Martika, 1991)
13. Dear Michaelangelo (Sheila E., 1985)
14. Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me? (Taja Sevelle, 1987)
15. Nothing Compares 2 U (The Family, 1985)

New Prince Album Originals Compiles Demos Of Songs He Gave To Other Artists

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Prince-OriginalsPrince spent the entirety of the ’80s cranking out hit after hit, and he didn’t even keep all of his best songs for himself. Prince was, of course, a vastly prolific songwriter, and he nurtured a whole supporting cast of all-star proteges: Morris Day & The Time, Sheila E., Vanity 6. One of the coolest … More »